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Off The Map: Week three – Mercury Rising

What was that thing? Getting out of the Jeep and poking the squirming mass with a stick didn’t help to clarify the issue. I flipped the creature over, identifying it as a ki... read more...


Week one: Fearless

“I’m coming in,” I warned Kitty, who was taking shelter in the tent from the droves of mosquitoes swarming outside. “Okay.” “Can my friends come in, too?” I teased. “No!” ... read more...


Off The Map: Hitting the Wall

Editor’s Note: After a year's hiatus, the chronicle of Bryan Snyder's misadventures in the Western high country, "Off The Map", returns to the pages of The Evening Sun. Beside... read more...


Off The Map: A Walk in the Park

Editor’s Note: After a year's hiatus, the chronicle of Bryan Snyder's misadventures in the Western high country, "Off The Map", returns to the pages of The Evening Sun. Beside... read more...


Off The Map: Hooked on a Feeling

Editor’s Note: After a year's hiatus, the chronicle of Bryan Snyder's misadventures in the Western high country, "Off The Map", returns to the pages of The Evening Sun. Beside... read more...


Off The Map: Hunting Dragons

Editor’s Note: After a year's hiatus, the chronicle of Bryan Snyder's misadventures in the Western high country, "Off The Map", returns to the pages of The Evening Sun. Beside... read more...


Off the Map: Versus the Volcano

Editor’s Note: After a year's hiatus, the chronicle of Bryan Snyder's misadventures in the Western high country, "Off The Map", returns to the pages of The Evening Sun. Beside... read more...


Off the Map: A Piece of Cake

Oregon was spewing smoke, and the fumes from the forest fires were reaching down into the Trinity Alps of Northern California, making my plans for a backpacking trip seem misg... read more...


Off the Map: Bushwhacked

In the shade of the sycamores, a gathering of parents and children rested on the library lawn and clapped at the jugglers and stilt-walkers performing for their pleasure. Jus... read more...


Off The Map: A Powerful Thirst

Editor’s Note: After a year's hiatus, the chronicle of Bryan Snyder's misadventures in the Western high country, "Off The Map", returns to the pages of The Evening Sun. Beside... read more...


Off The Map Week Three: Pick Your Poison

Editor’s Note: After a year's hiatus, the chronicle of Bryan Snyder's misadventures in the Western high country, "Off The Map", returns to the pages of The Evening Sun. Beside... read more...


Off The Map: When The Rivers Run Dry

The glorious Santa Ynez River was gone. Its wide riverbed, formerly a no-man’s land of marshes and swiftly-flowing tributaries had been reduced to a few struggling pools withi... read more...


Off The Map: Week One: The Saturation Point

Rain. Rain. More rain. This was not the homecoming I had in mind. Back in Southern California, we could go a respectable five months out of the year without rainfall, but her... read more...


Off the Map: Week 13 - Pass or fail

As a plan, it seemed reasonable on its surface. Over two days I would hike upstream along Convict Creek to its icy headwaters, find some way to cross over into the nearby McGe... read more...


Off the Map Week 12: Spring cleaning

My performance on the slopes of Sonora Peak was underwhelming. I was breathing hard and felt sapped of vitality, which did not bode well for the more ambitious hikes I’d plann... read more...



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